“These 22-year-olds ‘love of vintage rock ’n’ soul’ and the sort of Motown-influenced R&B the Stones and Spencer Davis were doing circa 1964/65, the vocals evincing a love of the blue-eyed rasp of Steve Marriott and Steve Winwood.”
Paul Lester – The Guardian
Inspired by the iconic and revolutionary music from the era of Sam & Dave, Ray Charles and The Spencer Davis group, The Quangos perform songs which send their sell-out crowds into dancing and singing reminiscent of a time when that’s what music was about.
Fronted by the enigmatic soul voiced ‘Josh Goddard’, the hotly tipped ‘Quangos’ write and perform songs which are both strikingly inventive and leave the listener humming the chorus on the night bus home. “Crammed with needle-sharp hooks and delivered with a breathless intensity, it is lifted beyond retro fetishism by its sheer youthful exuberance and singer Goddard’s raspy croon.” The Manchester Evening News
The song writing team of Phil Nixon and Josh Goddard pen hook laden songs which inspire references to such seminal bands as ‘The La’s, ‘The Coral’, ‘The Spencer Davis Group’ & ‘Traffic’. The Quangos line up is perfectly complemented by the bass playing talents of Drew Palmer and the sticksmanship of Scot Parkinson.
Touring incessantly around the UK & Europe including appearances at the ‘Beached Festival’ in Manchester, ‘Secret Garden’ festival this forthcoming summer, their residency at the renown ‘Cavern Club’ and appearances in Switzerland, France and Germany as well as recently headlining the BBC Introducing night in Manchester. The Quangos are fast becoming a finely honed live act and one of THE acts to see live.
If you miss the time when the mechanics of a song came from the soul of the songwriter, then get yourself down to see The Quangos.
“Do not allow yourself to be fooled by the name; this is no quasi non-governmental organisation. They are Manchester’s rising star.” The Times